A leading health expert in Britain has warned that government restrictions on large public gatherings will have to be in place for the “next few years” because of the Chinese coronavirus.
Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London said that he cannot foresee Britons being free to attend music festivals or large weddings in the coming years.
“I think we need to get used to that and that will allow us to do the things we really want to do more easily and more readily,” Prof Spector told Times Radio, adding that he “can’t see us suddenly having another Cheltenham Festival with no regulations again”.
“I can’t see us having massive weddings with people coming from all over the world, I think for the next few years those days are gone,” he warned.
Professor Spector, who invented the Zoe COVID Symptom Study, went on to say that preventative measures such as social distancing, wearing of masks, and handwashing should be kept in place as they “don’t cost really anything to do”.
While the United Kingdom has massively outpaced the European Union in its vaccine rollout — vaccinating some 12 million Britons so far — health officials have downplayed the idea of fully lifting lockdown measures.